persistent

adjective
per·sis·tent | \ pər-ˈsi-stənt , -ˈzi- \

Definition of persistent 

1 : existing for a long or longer than usual time or continuously: such as

a : retained beyond the usual period a persistent leaf

b : continuing without change in function or structure persistent gills

c : effective in the open for an appreciable time usually through slow volatilizing mustard gas is persistent

d : degraded only slowly by the environment persistent pesticides

e : remaining infective for a relatively long time in a vector after an initial period of incubation persistent viruses

2a : continuing or inclined to persist in a course

b : continuing to exist despite interference or treatment a persistent cough has been in a persistent vegetative state for two years

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persistently adverb

Examples of persistent in a Sentence

Contrary to persistent myth, Hoover was an activist. —Steve Forbes, Forbes, 30 June 2008 The high-water mark of such truckling might be the publication of the Cato Institute report "America's Record Trade Deficit: A Symbol of Strength." Freedom had become slavery; persistent deficits had become economic power. —Eric Janszen, Harper's, February 2008 The silence started from your end just about the time you said good-bye to dear St. Elizabeth and it has been constant and persistent ever since. —Archibald Macleish, letter, 11 July 1959 We were nagged by a persistent salesman. He is one of the government's most persistent critics. She has been persistent in pursuing the job. He has been fighting a persistent cold. Flooding has been a persistent problem in the area this year. Persistent rumors that the business is for sale have alarmed the staff.
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Since the 22-year-old Torreira has been in Russia, there have been persistent rumors that he is headed to Arsenal. BostonGlobe.com, "Uruguay records third straight shutout with defeat of Russia," 25 June 2018 TORREIRA RUMORS Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for Uruguay, addressed the persistent rumors that he's headed to Arsenal. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Russia, Uruguay to settle first place of Group A ahead of Round of 16 matchups," 24 June 2018 Boeing have also tested the EmDrive, and there are persistent rumors it is being secretly tested on their X-37B unmanned spaceplane. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Casts Doubt on the "Impossible" EmDrive," 24 May 2018 And while three members of the Spice Girls received wedding invitations, the group will not be performing on the big day, despite persistent rumors. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "George and Amal Clooney Are Attending Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding," 18 May 2018 For months, a persistent rumor has floated around Washington that Melania doesn't really live in the White House and stays in a house with her parents and Barron near his suburban Washington school. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Melania Trump's complicated life inside a most untraditional White House," 7 May 2018 For months, a persistent rumor has floated around Washington that Melania doesn't really live in the White House and stays in a house with her parents and Barron near his suburban Washington school. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "1 year after moving into the White House, Melania Trump finds her way," 6 May 2018 There are also persistent rumors that Trump wants to fire Cobb and replace him with someone willing to take a much harder line with Mueller. Zachary Fryer-biggs, Vox, "“Otherwise, they subpoena”: White House lawyer Ty Cobb on why Trump is cooperating with Mueller," 12 Apr. 2018 But the bigger concern is what Djokovic’s persistent right elbow pain means for his future. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Falls to Hyeon Chung," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of persistent

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for persistent

Latin persistent-, persistens, present participle of persistere — see persist

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persistent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of persistent

: continuing to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop

: continuing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time : not stopping or going away

persistent

adjective
per·sist·ent | \ pər-ˈsi-stənt \

Kids Definition of persistent

: continuing to act or exist longer than usual a persistent cold

Other words from persistent

persistently adverb

persistent

adjective
per·sis·tent | \ -tənt \

Medical Definition of persistent 

1 : existing or continuing for a long time: as

a : effective in the open for an appreciable time usually through slow volatilizing mustard gas is persistent

b : degraded only slowly by the environment persistent pesticides

c : remaining infective for a relatively long time in a vector after an initial period of incubation persistent viruses

2 : continuing to exist despite interference or treatment a persistent cough has been in a persistent vegetative state for two years

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